noun, plural stand·bys.
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Example sentences from the Web for standby
To be a liberal, you have to stand up for liberal principles.Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And with stand-ups, I remember liking George Carlin and Steve Martin.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Those opposing same-sex marriage are on their heels, and increasingly unwilling or unable to make a stand against it.
Spencer, 27, is variously described as a writer and a stand-up comic.Meet Stephen Fry’s Future Husband (Who Is Less Than Half His Age)|Tom Sykes|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Another read: “We need leaders who will stand against Common Core.”
All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."
She stood, in her young purity, at one end of the chain of years, and Mrs. Chepstow—did she really stand at the other?Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
But the liberal soul deviseth liberal things, and by liberal things shall he stand.
All bribery, and injustice shall be blotted out, and fidelity shall stand for ever.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
It is only necessary to have a zinc, or a galvanized tray on which to stand the glass in an inverted position.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
British Dictionary definitions for standby
- a person or thing that is ready for use or can be relied on in an emergency
- (as modifier)stand-by provisions
Idioms and Phrases with standby
Be ready or available to act, as in I'm almost ready for you to carve the turkey, so please stand by. [Mid-1200s]
Wait for something to resume, as in We are all standing by until the power is restored. Also see on standby.
Be present but remain uninvolved, refrain from acting, as in I can't stand by and see these kids shoplifting. [Late 1300s]
Remain loyal, as in She's my friend and I'll stand by her, no matter what. [Early 1500s] Also see stick by.
Adhere to, abide by, as in I'm going to stand by what I said yesterday. [Late 1300s]